Disrupting Democracy

How Uber Deploys Corporate Power to Overwhelm and Undermine Local Government

May 16, 2016 — This report tells the stories of conflicts between Uber Technologies and local governments in eight U.S. cities: Austin, Texas; Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; New York City, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; San Francisco, California; Seattle, Washington; and Washington, D.C. This giant and powerful corporation portrays itself as the scrappy rival to entrenched interests, but it is in fact able to deploy far greater political power than its public interest and commercial rivals. In cities across the country, Uber is “disrupting” local democracy.